In photo- Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod ‘Al Haj Murad’ Ebrahim (L) and Bangsamoro ParliamenIn Speaker Ali Pangalian Balindong (R) show copies of the Bangsamoro Appropriations Act which provides 65.6 billion Pesos budget for the Bangsamoro Government’s operations in 2020. Photo courtesy of BANGSAMORO GOVERNMENT

BTA approves PhP 65.6-B Bangsamoro Budget for 2020

Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao–The Parliament of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) passed and approved on Friday night the 65.6 billion Pesos budget for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) for 2020. The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education has the highest appropriation compared to other ministries.

A Mindanews report on December 1 says that the approved on third and final reading was BTA-Cabinet Bill No. 31 entitled “An Act appropriating funds for the operation of the Bangsamoro Government from January 1 to December 31, 2020, and other purposes.”

The voting was 48 in favor, one voted no and five abstained. 

The Bureau of Public Information said that Ebrahim signed into law the BTA Cabinet Bill No. 31, the same day.

 It is the first Bangsamoro Appropriations Act (BAA) which contains the priority plans, projects and programs of the Bangsamoro Government.

 “This is not for me. This is not for the ministers) This is for the Bangsamoro people,” said Ebrahim as quoted by the BPI.

He said it was “a fruit of the more than five decades of struggle of the Bangsamoro.”

“Behind these numbers are the blood, sweat, and tears of our people. We must, by all means, give justice to the sacrifices of our people. We can do so by using our respective ministries’ and offices’ budget without an iota of greed and corruption,” said Ebrahim, who, along with other BTA members, swore on the Qur’an at the inauguration of the BARMM on March 29, 2019.

During the turnover rites on February 26, from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to the BARMM, Ebrahim vowed a government that will “really be free of all the ills of governance.”